Quantity Surveying student Matt Roberts had the opportunity to take part in two Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) competitions during his second year studies. After being part of the winning team at a competition in Reading, he travelled to Dallas, Texas, to take part in a second competition in a team with students from Auburn University in Alabama, which he also won.
“The ASC competitions were a great opportunity. They were very satisfying to take part in as I was able to apply my knowledge to a problem. I also enjoyed the competitive element – seeing what the other participants in the competition could do, and also feeling pride in representing my University.
“It was a great experience to be able to go to Dallas. I worked on a team with students from Auburn University in Alabama. We spent an intensive week together, first in Alabama, and then in Dallas, putting together a proposal and presentation of our ideas.
“We were given a brief to design a residential apartment block to be built in Austin, Texas. There were many constraints on the site – it was very small, with lots of development in the area, there were tight time constraints so we needed a bullet proof programme that would deliver the project within budget. Austin also has very particular planning protocols, which make it difficult for new buildings to pass unless they are very green.
“One of the best things about the experience was meeting the American students with their different skill sets, and seeing how they do things. They do things differently in the US and I learnt a lot from observing them. It was also a great experience to meet people from a different culture and spend time with them.
“The competition was a fantastic experience to be a part of. Without the University I would likely not have the chance to travel to Dallas in Texas so if anyone was to consider participating in a student competition I would say go for it!
“A defining part of my University experience is that in Welcome Week, I said yes to everything. I worked hard and it paid off with a trip to Texas. I would advise other students not to be put off by hard work. Try and get the most you can out of your University experience.”